Restorative Justice Needed Says Canadian Professor |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-09-15 00:20.
It's time to revise Canada's outdated retributive criminal justice system, says University of Regina professor Hirsh Greenberg. Speaking at the Faculty of Arts' popular Coffee House Controversies series at Chapters bookstore on Thursday, Greenberg said he believes the maxim "do the crime, do the time'' is an outdated approach to justice.
What is needed is a more restorative justice approach, said the social justice advocate and chair of the university's undergraduate studies committee for the Justice Studies Department.
"Rather than define a crime as breaking a rule or a law or an offence against the state, make the crime against individuals and the harm that is done to those individuals. Then include the victim in the process of resolving the harm rather than as we do now which is simply to exclude the victim,'' Greenberg said.
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